A history of how computers went from stealing your heart, to stealing your job

They changed our society from the ground up. And will do so again.

Artificial synapse brings us one step closer to brain-like computers

It’s also bio-compatible — are our brains getting an update?

Scientists fed a game into players’ brains to pave the way for artificial senses

Just plug the console right into my head then, pleasethankyou!

Artificial synapse brings us one step closer to building a brain-like computer

Taking a cue from mother nature.

Scientists make DNA analog circuit that can add and substract

DNA is so versatile.

Ancient Greeks used this 2,100-years-old analog computer for both astronomy and astrology

The oldest computer in the world was found a century ago, but scientists are still learning.

Your smartphone is millions of times more powerful than all of NASA’s combined computing in 1969

That’s the year man first set foot on the moon. Our computer tech has shot even farther away, though.

This computer clocks uses water droplets, manipulating information and matter at the same time

Computers and water don’t mix well, but that didn’t stop Manu Prakash, a bioengineering assistant professor at Stanford, to think outside the box. Using magnetic fields and droplets of water infused with magnetic nanoparticles, Prakash demonstrated a computing system that performs logic and control functions by manipulating H2O instead of electrons. Because of its general nature, the water clock can perform any operations a conventional CPU clock can. But don’t expect this water-based computer to replace the CPU in your smartphone or notebook (electrons speed vs water droplet – not a chance). Instead, it might prove extremely useful in situations where logic operations and manipulation of matter need to be performed at the same time.

This computer is worth 9$ and it’s not as bad as you might think. No, seriously

Next Thing Co, a fledgling company started by three budding hardware enthusiasts, just released a KickStarter campaign in which they promise to release a computer worth nine USD. The computer, called CHIP, can do everything 90% of all people usually use computers for: office apps, surf the web and play games. The team hoped to raise $50,000 to supplement their own budget and start rolling orders at an assembly line in China. Right now, $1,040,006 were donated as I’m writing this and the numbers are swelling with 24 days still to go. Are we finally seeing the fruits of liberalizing computing and economics of scale?

Book review: ‘Ada’s Algorithm’

Learn about the life and tales of Ada Lovelace, the women who wrote the very first computer program in the IXXth century.

Using cells as living calculators

MIT engineers have taken one step forward to the realm of sci-fi gadgets, transforming bacterial cells into living calculators that can compute logarithms, divide, and take square roots, using three or fewer genetic parts. Using cells as analog circuits Inspired by how analog electronic circuits function, the researchers created synthetic computation circuits by combining existing genetic “parts,” or engineered genes,

Scientists create advanced biological transducer

Researchers at  the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have devised an advanced biological transducer capable of manipulating genetic information and using the output as new input for sequential computations. Their findings serve as a new step forward for current efforts that might one day serve to create new biotech possibilities like individual gene therapy and cloning. In a sense, all biological beings

Scientists Build Computer That Never Crashes

Scientists and researchers at the University College of London (UCL) have built a self-healing computer that may end computer crashes forever, according to the New Scientist. Called a “systemic computer,” the machine — which is being developed by computer scientist, Dr. Peter Bentley, and UCL research engineer, Christos Sakellariou — is now operating, apparently crash-free, at the UCL campus. New

Computer analyses fine art like an expert would. Art only for humans?

When fine art is concerned, or visual arts in general for that matter, complex cognitive functions are at play as the viewer analyze it. As you go from painting to painting, especially different artists, the discrepancies in style can be recognized, and trained art historians can catch even the most subtle of brush strokes and identify a certain artist or period, solely

Scientists devise computer using swarms of soldier crabs

Computing using unconventional methods found in nature has become an important branch of computer science, which might aid scientists construct more robust and reliable devices. For instance, the ability of biological systems to assemble and grow on their own enables much higher interconnection densities or swarm intelligence algorithms, like ant colonies that find optimal paths to food sources. But its one thing to

Shorties: Young adults browse mobile more than desktop

This is one of these statistics that just remind you that the 2000’s are nearing their end; according to data published by Opera, young adults who use their browser use the mobile more than the traditional desktop to browse. “We have often said that the next generation will grow up knowing the Web mostly through their mobile phones,” said Jon

1962 invention could be worth billions

When the ultra-strong glass was invented more than 40 years ago, it was labeled as interesting, but a manufacturing use for it was hard to find. This glass is about three times harder than regular glass, while it’s also thinner (about as thin as a dime). The so called Gorilla glass will probably be worth billions, when it will be

Man sues neighbor for irritating his ‘electromagnetic allergies’

There are weird lawsuits you can understand, and then there are just weird lawsuits. If you find this sort of things interesting, you gotta listen to this: a man from Santa Fe filed a half a million dollars trial against his neighbor for using and iPhone and other wireless devices that trigger his ‘electrocmegnetic allergies’. Yahoo News reports that Arthur

First Universal Two-Qubit quantum processor created

Physicists from NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) have demonstrated what they claim to be the first universal programmable quantum information processor that will be able to run any program allowed by quantum mechanics (the set of principles that describe the atomic and subatomic matter). They managed to accomplish this using two quantum bits (qubits) of information. This processor

Computer recognizes attractiveness in women

It’s said that even though computer have so much processing power, it some ways, it can never even get close to interpreting information like the human brain does. But is that really so? Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, right? Right ?! The thing is that according to scientists at Tel Aviv University, the beholder doesn’t have to